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Taking Care of Ourselves: A stress reduction workshop for parents & caregivers of children with special needs

Parenting a child with special needs can be stressful.  It is important to learn to manage that stress instead of letting it manage you! In this workshop you will learn simple stress management and relaxation skills that will enable you to self-soothe.

When: Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Extreme Kids & Crew, Space No. 1, 40 Brevoort Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Cost: FREE

RSVP via email to Sonali at or to Emily at
Register now as space is limited!

When you self-soothe, you are behaving in a comforting, nurturing, kind, and gentle way to yourself.  It is important to engage in self-soothing skills in moments of distress or agitation so as to alleviate difficult and overwhelming feelings.  I often work with my clients to create self-soothing plans and encourage them to utilize their 5 senses:  touch, taste, hearing, smell, and sight to create their plans.  I ask them to think about things that could soothe them using each sense.  For example, a client may identify stroking their pet as a soothing activity using their sense of touch; and smelling lavender as a soothing activity using their sense of smell.  Clients are asked to list a few activities under each sense and add to that list as they please.  They are encouraged to engage in their self-soothing activities when they experience feelings like stress, sadness, worry, or anger.  From my experience,  clients find their plans to be very helpful.  If you would like to create a self-soothing plan for yourself and have questions, feel free to send me an email at for more information.